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Effect of feeding ber (Zizyphus mauritiana Lam.) juice on growth, blood composition and histology of albino rats.

Sriram, Padmanabhan and Vishwanatha, S. and Narasimhamurthy, K. and Venkat Rao, S. (1993) Effect of feeding ber (Zizyphus mauritiana Lam.) juice on growth, blood composition and histology of albino rats. International Journal of Food Sciences and Nutrition, 44 (2). pp. 91-94.

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[The ber (Zizyphus mauritiana Lam.), also known as Chinese date, is an important indigenous hardy fruit of India. The fruits are eaten fresh, candied, sun-dried, smoke-dried and pickled. Juice is also extracted for manufacturing beverages. Since the fruit is crushed along with the seeds during juice preparation, it was considered essential to test for any possible toxicological effects of the juice when consumed by humans. An animal model was employed.] Ber juice was fed to groups of growing albino rats at the level of 10 ml/day in a 15% protein diet for 4 wk. Diets containing ber juice showed significantly higher feed efficiency ratios when compared with control rats. No marked differences were observed in blood composition, serum glucose, proteins, cholesterol, serum glutamate oxaloacetate and pyruvate transaminases, alkaline phosphatase and organ wt. in the different groups. The organs of animals fed ber juice with or without seeds or the casein control diet showed a normal histopathological picture. Results indicate that consumption of ber juice does not result in any adverse effects in rats.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: 600 Technology > 08 Food technology > 24 Fruits
600 Technology > 01 Medical sciences > 12 Metabolism
Divisions: Dept. of Biochemistry
Fermentation Technology and Bioengineering
Depositing User: Food Sci. & Technol. Information Services
Date Deposited: 16 Sep 2010 06:05
Last Modified: 28 Aug 2018 06:18
URI: http://ir.cftri.com/id/eprint/7928

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